ISBN Services

  1. Definition of ISBN

An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a unique book identification code. Information about the title, publisher, and publisher group is covered by the ISBN. The ISBN consists of a series of 13-digit numbers, as an identification of one book title published by the publisher. Therefore, one ISBN number for one book will be different from the ISBN number for another book.

The ISBN is provided by the International Agency ISBN based in London. In Indonesia, the National Library of Indonesia is an ISBN National Agency that has the right to provide ISBNs to publishers located in Indonesian territory. The National Library of Indonesia has the function of providing information, guidance, and application of ISBN inclusion and KDT (Catalogue in Publication). KDT is a bibliographic description resulting from the processing of data that the publisher gives to be listed on the page behind the title as the completeness of the publisher.

  1. ISBN Function
  2. Identify a single book title published by a publisher.
  3. Helps facilitate the flow of book distribution because it can prevent mistakes in ordering books.
  4. Promotional means for issuers because the ISBN inclusion information is disseminated by the Indonesian ISBN National Agency in Jakarta, as well as the International Agency domiciled in London.
  5. Structure of ISBN

The ISBN consists of 13 digits and is affixed with the letters ISBN in front of it. The number consists of 5 (five) parts. Each part is printed and separated by a hyphen sign (-). The division group of ISBNs is determined by the following structure:

Example: ISBN 978-602-8519-93-9

  • Book Published Product Identifier Number from EAN (Prefix Identifier) = 978
  • Group Code (Group Identifier) = 602 (Default)
  • Publisher Code (Publisher Prefix) = 8519
  • Title Code (Title Identifier) = 93
  • Check Digit = 9
  1. Issues That Can Be Given ISBN
  2. Printed Books (Monographs) and Pamphlets
  3. Braille Publications
  4. Map book
  5. Educational Films, Videos, and Transparency
  6. Audiobooks on Cassettes, CDs, or DVDs
  7. Electronic Publications (e.g. Machine-Readable Tapes, Floppy Disks, CD-Roms, and Publications on the Internet)
  8. Digital Copy of Monograph Printout
  9. Microform Publications
  10. Educational Software
  11. Mixed-Media Publications Containing Text
  12. Issues That Cannot Be Given ISBN
  13. Permanently Published Publications (Magazines, Bulletins, etc.)
  14. Advertising
  15. Printed Music
  16. Personal Documents (such as Biodata or Electronic Personal Profiles)
  17. Greeting Cards
  18. Music Recording
  19. Software Other Than for Education Including Games
  20. Electronic Bulletin
  21. Electronic Mail
  22. Game
  23. ISBN Inclusion

ISBNs are written in clear, easy-to-read printed letters. The abbreviation ISBN is capitalized preceding the writing of the group identifier number, the publisher identifier, the title identifier, and the checker number. Writing between each part of the identifier is limited by hyphens, such as the following example:

ISBN 978-602-8519-93-9

For print publications, the ISBN is listed under:

  1. The bottom on the back cover.
  2. Verso (behind the title page) (copyright page).
  3. Spine for thick books, when circumstances permit.
  4. How to Request An ISBN

Draft book (in word format) should be sent to email by using CC to, with the subject of the email written “ISBN APPLICATION”.